Template:Article for deletion/dated Template:Notability Template:Primary sources Template:Infobox podcast Template:About Escape Pod is a magazine-style podcast launched on 12 May 2005 which presents stories in the genre of science fiction. It has been called "the world's leading science fiction podcast".<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> Until his retirement in May 2010, the podcast was hosted by founder Steve Eley and edited by Jeremiah Tolbert.<ref name=EP_About>Template:Cite web</ref> Since then, Mur Lafferty has taken over both the producer and host roles at Escape Pod and at Escape Artists Inc., a company started by Steve Eley for the purpose of supporting and continuing the Escape Pod and its sister podcasts.
Escape Pod features several different types of content. The magazine offers a weekly story, usually between 2000 and 6000 words in length. It also releases flash fiction pieces less than 2000 words in length on an irregular schedule. Occasionally, the podcast airs reviews of mainstream science fiction and fantasy media, most of which are presented by Jonathon Sullivan, Escape Pod's reviews editor. Annually Escape Pod publishes audio presentations the year's Hugo Award nominees in the short story category. On rare occasions, other types of content have been made available on Escape Pod, such as metacasts (episodes discussing the achievements and future plans of the show itself), an interview, book and movie reviews, and PDFs for Playing for Keeps by Mur Lafferty and Infected by Scott Sigler.
Escape Pod has a policy against allowing authors to read their own works. Many stories are read by people associated with Escape Pod (Steve Eley, Mur Lafferty, Jonathon Sullivan, and Anna Eley) as well as other members of the podcasting community.
In 2008, Escape Pod refocused its attention back to its science fiction roots, leaving the horror and fantasy stories to the sister podcasts, Pseudopod and PodCastle. But Eley states that there are still no hard and fast rules on content, and Escape Pod may still feature the occasional horror or fantasy piece.
Escape Pod's music is provided by surf rock band Daikaiju with the band's permission. The opening theme is the instrumental song "The Final Phase," and the closing theme is "Choujikuu Mitsukai" ("Super-Dimensional Angels"). Both are from the album The Phasing Spider Menace.
Distribution and rights
Escape Pod is distributed under the Creative Commons attribution non-commercial no-derivatives 3.0 license.<ref name=EP_About/> This means that Escape Pod episodes are available at no cost and can be redistributed but not sold or modified. Any of the show's episodes may be downloaded individually from Escape Pod's website or received via a podcatcher.
The fiction itself remains copyrighted by its respective authors. Escape Pod contracts with the authors for non-exclusive audio rights, paying semi-professional rates.<ref name=EP_Sub>Template:Cite web</ref>
Escape Pod now sells collections of their podcasts at PodDisc. There are currently five discs available. Disc one contains episodes 1 through 26. Disc two contains 27 through 52. Disc three contains episodes 53 through 78. Disc four contains episodes 79 through 104. Disc five contains episodes 105 through 130.
Escape Pod has two sister projects: Pseudopod: a podcast dedicated to horror fiction, and PodCastle: a podcast dedicated to fantasy fiction.